Antique ro silk bolt for nagoya obi with arabesque
A bolt of unused black ro silk for a nagoya obi, with a woven arabesque pattern.
This bolt has some patterned sections and some plain ones, and is patterned as follow:
The silk is 35 cm wide, and is 481 cm long. It has a section of un-patterned fabric 109 cm long, then a patterned section that is 216 cm long, and finally a plain section that is 156 cm long.
It is in unused, excellent condition, and it’s shipping weight is 400 grams.
• Nagoya obi: The most convenient obi today is the nagoya obi. First produced in the city of Nagoya at the end of the Taisho era (1912-26), the Nagoya obi is lighter and simpler than the fukuro or maru obi. The nagoya obi is characterised by a portion of the obi being pre-folded and stitched in half. The narrow part wraps around the waist, while the wider part forms the bow of the obi tie. When worn, a nagoya obi is tied with a single fold, while a maru or a fukuro obi, being longer, is tied with a double fold. Most nagoya obi is less expensive a maru or fukuro obi. Nonetheless, its design can be stunning
• Arabesque: The word for “arabesque” in Japanese is “Karakusa,” referring to the Chinese plant (“Kara”) which looks foreign to the Japanese observer. An abbreviation of karakusamon 唐草文, lit. Chinese grass motif. Often used interchangeably with *karahanamon 唐花文, or lit. Chinese floral motif. A foliage-scroll pattern seen on textiles and crafts including ceramics, metal work, and lacquerware as well as sculptural and architectural detailing. Although the term refers to floral and plant motifs introduced to Japan from China, most of the motifs originated in Central Asia, India, Persia, and Arabia. Some came from as far west as Greece and Egypt. The patterns are generally characterized by a flower-and-leaf motif linked by continuous, repetitive, scrolling vines or tendrils.
•Ro silk: Ro fabric is loosely woven from very fine silk threads, creating sheer, airy, summer kimono. Horizontal and vertical lines are shown by the gaps in the weave, created by braiding pairs of threads over one central thread. Patterns and designs are resist dyed after weaving, typically using stencils. Sometimes ro kimonos are hand painted and embroidered.